In 1986, Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene and then Board Member Joan Weill conceived the Power Lunch for Women as a spoof on the concept of the power breakfast. Over the years, this invitation-only event has taken a permanent slot in the appointment books of New York City’s leading women in business, art, politics, and entertainment.

A networking imperative for the city’s most influential women – and the handful of generous men who pay $10,000 for the privilege of joining them – the annual lunch is traditionally held the week before Thanksgiving. In 2016, the event raised $1 million to fund the preparation and delivery of nearly 136,000 meals for our homebound elderly neighbors. 

In 2017, we celebrated the 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women by honoring long-time supporters Tren'ness Woods-Black, Board Member Nick Valenti and Patina Restaurant Group. View photos from the event.

30th Annual Power Lunch for Women

The 32nd Annual Power Lunch for Women will be held on November 14, 2018 at Rainbow Room. To nominate yourself or a powerful woman for the committee’s invitation consideration, please email